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Poached Pears with Chocolate Sauce

 Poached Pears with Chocolate Sauce
A simple baked pear becomes an elegant dessert when drizzled with chocolate sauce that's laced with cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg. This light and lovely dessert is from Payson, Arizona's Patti Haggard.
2 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Cook: 35 min.

Ingredients

  • 2 medium firm pears
  • 2 cups water
  • 3/4 teaspoon clear vanilla extract
  • 1 cinnamon stick (2 inches)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons 2% milk

Directions

  • Core pears from bottom, leaving stems intact. Peel pears. Cut 1/4 in.
  • from bottom to level if necessary. Place in a large saucepan; add
  • the water, vanilla, cinnamon stick and nutmeg. Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 35-40 minutes or until pears are
  • almost tender.
  • Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine the sugar, cocoa, cornstarch
  • and cinnamon. Gradually whisk in milk until smooth. Bring to a boil
  • over medium-high heat; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until
  • thickened and bubbly. Cool.
  • Drain pears; place on dessert plates. Drizzle with chocolate sauce.

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Poached Pears with Chocolate Sauce (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Yield: 2 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 pear with 3 tablespoons sauce equals 187 calories, 2 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 3 mg cholesterol, 23 mg sodium, 43 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 3 g protein.